Mildred Natwick Overview:

Legendary character actress, Mildred Natwick, was born on Jun 19, 1905 in Baltimore, MD. Natwick died at the age of 89 on Oct 25, 1994 in New York City, NY and was laid to rest in Lorraine Park Cemetery in Woodlawn, MD.

MINI BIO:

One look at sharp-faced American actress, Mildred Natwick, and you knew that here was a lady who had a sense of humor but would stand no nonsense. Appearing in character roles on stage from an early age, she usually played bird-like eccentrics in films, but could also be very droll, especially as Jane Fonda's mother in "Barefoot in the Park", the role for which she was nominated for an Academy Award.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Natwick was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1967Best Supporting ActressBarefoot in the Park (1967)Mrs. Ethel BanksNominated
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Mildred Natwick Quotes:

Grace Hewitt: Excited?
Nancy Fallon: Wild!
Grace Hewitt: Try not to show it too much, kids like you to be casual.
Nancy Fallon: Grace, I'll welcome any tip you can give me on how to behave with a teenage daughter.
Grace Hewitt: Well, all I know is anything you do is wrong. If you try to spruce yourself up it's, "Oh Mother, that's too kiddish for you," and if you don't it's, "Mother, do you have to dress like an old bag?"
Nancy Fallon: Oh, you make it sound awful.
Grace Hewitt: They love you. They bully you, but they love you, the little monsters. And if anything goes wrong, they turn back to being 6 or 7 years old and cling to you, and that's heaven.


Ethel: I had to park the car three blocks away. Then it started to rain so I ran the last two blocks. Then my heel got caught in a subway grating. When I pulled my foot out, I stepped in a puddle. Then a cab went by and splashed my stockings. If the hardware store downstairs was open, I was going to buy a knife and kill myself.


Ethel: I feel like we've died and gone to heaven - only we had to climb up.


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Cousin of animator Grim Natwick.

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A devout Christian Scientist who lived in splendor first on Park Avenue and later on Sutton Place South, she turned down a role in the musical "On The Twentieth Century" because she found the role -- of a dotty woman impersonating an evangelist -- to be too tawdry. The role went to Imogene Coca.

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